It’s not a good signal once you’ve considered throwing your smartphone out the window. Not due to—nicely, *gestures at every thing*— however as a result of it’s simply so irritating to make use of. I went out to dinner not too long ago, and a colleague—who was utilizing a six-year-old iPhone SE—identified how sluggish my brand-new telephone was. I used to be able to toss the factor.
The perpetrator was Samsung’s new Galaxy A23 5G, a $300 Android telephone. You could be considering that I’m being too harsh on a cheap phone, which is truthful. These funds telephones must make sacrifices someplace. But even sub-$200 telephones carry out higher than this one. You produce other choices on this worth vary, and it is best to discover them.
What’s unhappy is that the Galaxy A23 5G has a number of issues going for it. First and foremost, Samsung guarantees to assist this telephone for 4 years for safety updates and it’ll get three OS upgrades (as much as Android 15). That’s much better than another sub-$400 Android telephone, interval. You’ll be capable to get new options, have a tool freed from bugs, and never have to fret about safety flaws for size of time.
It has a 6.6-inch LCD display screen with a 120-Hz refresh rate, the latter of which isn’t frequent to see at this worth. The display screen feels responsive, it’s fairly spacious (nice should you favor large telephones), and it will get brilliant sufficient to see clearly on sunny days. I don’t have any qualms right here. The subsequent greatest characteristic? The A23 5G has a 5,000-mAh battery, so it can final two full days on a single cost with common use. I didn’t hassle plugging it in each night time as a result of it often hit round 50 %. It’s good not having to fret a couple of lifeless telephone!
There’s sub-6 5G assist throughout all main carriers, so that you received’t be caught on 4G LTE alone, plus this smartphone has different perks which can be more and more lacking on high-end flagships. That features a headphone jack for anybody who nonetheless prefers to plug in, in addition to an NFC sensor so you may make tap-to-pay contactless funds at retailers that assist it. There’s even a microSD card slot, which you’ll need to use as a result of the telephone solely comes with 64 gigabytes of storage.
My woes with the Galaxy A23 5G begin with its processor: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695. It’s odd as a result of the Moto G Stylus 5G 2022 I examined earlier this yr makes use of the identical chip and I didn’t have any efficiency points there. It may come right down to the truth that the Motorola phone has 8 gigabytes of RAM and this Samsung is caught with a paltry 4 gigs.
You received’t discover too many points once you’re simply utilizing a single app. I’ve been ready to make use of this as my major machine simply superb for greater than every week. I can ship emails, browse Twitter (welp), and reply to messages. It’s once you begin utilizing a number of apps concurrently that issues go awry. There are lengthy pauses as you watch for an app to totally open and cargo, nevertheless it’s the bodily act of switching apps that annoyed me essentially the most.
I exploit the gesture navigation system on Android telephones. I instantly change to it if the machine I’m testing depends on Android’s outdated three-button backside navigation system by default. I’ve by no means had an issue utilizing gestures to navigate a tool, besides on the A23 5G. For some cause, swiping up from the underside of an app wouldn’t all the time take me to the house display screen, not to mention change to the prior app. Apps would usually get caught, and I’d must preserve swiping up from the underside—with various ranges of anger—ready for the house display screen to seem.